It is a cry which has echoed through the years among the fans of Mega Man, living on in infamy long after the words first passed the lips of a frantic Zero as Iris passed away in his arms in Mega Man X4. But despite the serious and dramatic intent of the writing, it has gone on to be the subject of jokes and parody.
And even today, the question still stands: "What am I fighting for?!" Well, MMN readers, we are going to tell you here and now exactly what you are fighting for.
Thanks to our associate Jaxel and Lucas Gilbertson, who provided the voice of Zero in Mega Man X Command Mission, Mega Man X8, and Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X, we are proud to give you the chance to take home a piece of Zero. Specifically, the picture of Zero you see at the top of this article, autographed by none other than Mr. Gilbertson himself with the memorable line.
So, what must one do in order to stake their claim to this unique collectible? We are so, so glad you asked.
The answer lies in five little words: "What am I fighting for?"
You know the scene; you've likely seen it dozens of times, if not more. You've seen it remade by Mr. Gilbertson, you've seen it parodied, you've seen it hacked, and you've seen it in other contexts. Now, it's your turn to give us your take on it.
We want you to give us your own take on the infamous scene. You can make submissions by YouTube videos, or just send us an MP3 of you (and perhaps some friends) re-enacting Zero's tragic moment.
You can be dramatic. You can be humorous. You can remake the scene with startling detail, or you can put it into another context entirely. Be creative. Just reusing the original sound-byte (or Gilbertson's) isn't going to do it, unless you compensate for the recycling in some other way. Woo us, impress us. Make us laugh, make us cry. In costume or out, or some other way. The sky is the limit.
The chief condition is simply that you must use the line "what am I fighting for?!", or at least some close variant. If you're unsure whether or not your concept will count, mail us at mmncontest (at) gmail.com. That same address is also where you will direct your entries, or links to those entries; just use the subject line "What am I fighting for?!"
The contest begins now and runs until midnight PST on Friday, November 20th. The plan from there is that we will judge the entries over the weekend, and depending how that goes, have Jaxel send the winner the prize on Monday, before Black Friday and the holiday season sets in and mail becomes a nightmare.
Now, get to it, Mega Man Network fans! Show us what you're fighting for!
Update: For those of you wondering, international shipping is a go.
Update 2: Added picture of the prize, as provided by Jaxel.
Update 3: Contest deadline has been extended to January 15th.
Update 4: A reminder brings one last small extension, so entrants can take advantage of the weekend to finish their entries.